"Other details of the case were murky, like a good Hefeweizen." -
As national euphoria gripped Germany on Tuesday with the arrival of its world champion soccer team, an apparent crime in the Rhineland served as a reminder that all was not well. Unidentified thieves, the police said, had spent the weekend stealing 10 truckloads of beer.
"Has anyone noticed a large amount of beer?" police in the city of Krefeld said in a news release. "Can anyone provide information on a possible storage area?"
The equivalent of 140,891 six-packs. Someone had a fun night.
Comcast: Decodedly NOT Customer First -
Adrianne Jeffries on why Comcast customer service reps are such pushy creeps:
Metrics-obsessed reps are therefore highly motivated to get every customer to not only continue service, but keep the same number of subscriptions — phone, internet, Xfinity — or add more. Essentially, these reps are trying to reach a predetermined outcome in the call, and they’re trying to do it in under 11 minutes. Comcast has turned its customer service reps into sales reps.
"Comcast likes to pretend to be "customer first," txmadison writes. "But then they turn around and provide an entire incentive structure that is decidedly NOT customer first."
No surprise there. Not only does Comcast not find such behavior problematic, they actually very directly encourage it.
But please, by all means let Comcast buy Time Warner Cable to ensure even more customers get such service.
Another relic from my childhood room. Because what kid doesn’t want a faster 486 with Pentium power?
The Search For Absurdity
Visiting my childhood home and nearly everything is intact from 14 years ago. This was still in my TV/VCR combo.
"The iPad of Vacuums" -
Yes, I’m linking to the Farhad Manjoo vacuum piece again. But I find it interesting:
Your phone can’t do as much as your computer, but because it’s right there in your pocket and starts up in a flash, you might spend a lot more time on it than on your PC. The DC59 offers the same wonderful trade-off — very good cleaning without the headaches of a bigger machine. It’s the iPad of vacuum cleaners.
Hence Dyson’s dilemma: To produce a cordless vacuum that could mimic an upright, engineers needed to find a motor that was both small and powerful, a motor that could suck a lot of wind without consuming a lot of power. They couldn’t find any such motor from an existing supplier; instead, Dyson took the unusual step of designing its own motor from scratch.
This makes me want to buy this thing just to show appreciation for what Dyson is doing — trying to leap forward in technology, rather than just giving us a longer power cord. And my apartment isn’t even carpeted.
It’s not quite a matter of if all our machines will go cordless. It’s a matter of when. —
Rob Green, an engineer at Dyson, working on the futuristic DC59 Motorhead vacuum.
Vacuum tech may be the least sexy tech. But Farhad Manjoo does a nice job with this piece. It’s interesting. And like everyone, I hate vacuum cords. Hate them.
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Ad from The New York Times, 1971. (via niemanlab's Josh Benton)
"The radio revolution starts at 5."
I think it’s both crazy and good that Microsoft is sharing such a statistic. They’re finally admitting the major weakness, but focusing on how it can be a strength.
"Yes we’re a big company, making a ton of money, but look at how much we can grow in this key area!" And yes, a new mindset is required to execute this: that of the underdog.
Insert the joke here: Times change — The times they are a-changin’ — Think different.
But really, this IBM deal seems like a smart partnership for Apple. They could either double their workforce to fully go after enterprise, or they can partner with a massive company already doing that.
Yes, Apple likes to control every aspect of what they do. But enterprise is not a core competency and won’t be any time soon. Yet customers are demanding it. Hence, this deal.
And yes, this is potentially very bad news for Microsoft — which, oddly, is now the one trying to do everything itself.
Stash Pad -
And so New Yorkers with garden-variety affluence—the kind of buyers who require mortgages—are facing disheartening price wars as they compete for scarce inventory with investors who may seldom even turn on a light switch. The Census Bureau estimates that 30 percent of all apartments in the quadrant from 49th to 70th Streets between Fifth and Park are vacant at least ten months a year.
30 percent. That’s insane.
Hard to know what a good solution is. A law requiring you to be present for a certain amount of time seems too restrictive. So does one requiring you rent it out full-time. So maybe Airbnb? I’m only half kidding.